The Lightscopes

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Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with The Lightscopes to find out more…

Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
The band consists of Tom Mccarthy on vocals, Scott Forsyth on guitar, Tom Boardman on bass and Aaron Palmer on drums. We all met through mutual friends and through music websites. The band name was thought up after wanting to be called the kaledioscopes but realising this name was already taken by a lot of bands, we all liked the word light so we incorporated that with the end part of kaledioscope and then the name was born. As far as we are aware no other band has it either making it even better for us.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We are all inspired from different types of bands. Mainly though we are hugely influenced by mod/indie/punk and britpop bands these influences haven't changed from when we were younger. This includes the bands Oasis, The Jam, The Who, The Enemy, Wolf Alice and Sex Pistols to name a few.

How would you describe your sound?
We would describe it as a mixture of british rock and roll/indie.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The latest single is called In My Head which also happens to be our debut single and was influenced by wanting to break out of your normal day to day routine.

What’s your local music scene like?
The local music scene is buzzing with great new bands at the moment and we love being a part of it. It's good to see a lot of people out there finally starting to come back out and supporting local and unsigned bands again.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We plan to get our second single out and then progress onto doing our first full ep. We will also be trying to cram in as many gigs as possible to get our name out there.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We would love to collaborate with either of the Gallagher brothers, Paul Weller, Tom Clarke, Gaz Coombes or Wolf Alice.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We had one gig that sticks out in our minds where we were playing in a local venue and our singer was belting out his best vocals but unknown to the singer and the rest of us the xlr cable had broken. Everyone in the audience including the band was laughing. You could see the veins popping out of his head as he tried to project his voice but to no avail!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We are very passionate about what we do and just want to make great tunes that people will love and hopefully keep them coming back to seeing us live.

You can find out more about The Lightscopes via Facebook, Instagram, Spotify or Twitter.